Hong Kong officials said yesterday they would stick to the original plan on democratic development, despite two large protests in just over a week demanding greater democracy. Constitutional affairs secretary Stephen Lam Sui-lung also rejected claims that the ministerial system introduced last July was a failure, saying top officials had been more decisive and flexible in dealing with public demands. The response came as pro-government allies scuttled a Legco motion denouncing the so-called accountability system, a day after 50,000 people vented their anger with the Tung administration during an evening rally outside Legco. Although the non-binding motion by the Democratic Party was rejected by a vote of 27 to 22, many pro-government legislators criticised the system for failing to live up to public expectations and called for a review. Responding to the three-hour debate, Mr Lam conceded that operations had not been smooth over the past year. But he rejected claims that the accountability system must be complemented with one man, one vote for the chief executive and the legislature. Democratic Party chairman Yeung Sum, who sponsored the motion, said the overwhelming response to two protests over the past 10 days showed Tung Chee-hwa was out of touch with the public. Eric Li Ka-cheung, of the pro-government Breakfast Group, was also unhappy with the system and called for a review. 'Everyone can see that the accountability system has not been working,' he said. The vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong, Ip Kwok-him, also conceded that the system was below public expectations.